Glasgow Rangers midfielder Scott Arfield has named Tom Heaton as one of the best footballers he’s played with during his career.
The Ibrox ace played alongside the goalkeeper at Burnley over 150 times between 2013 and 2017 before the former joined Rangers in the summer of 2018, linking up with Steven Gerrard’s side.
Heaton, meanwhile, stayed with the Lancashire side until last summer, when he made the move to newly promoted Aston Villa for a reported £8million fee.
The England international went on to become an important part of the Villa side, securing the number 1 shirt and starting all but one league games in 2019.
He is currently on the mend, issuing an update last week in which he said he was “moving in the right direction at a decent pace” (Birmingham Mail).
Speaking to the Rangers media team, Arfield said: “He was a captain since the early days, and he was a top leader. His shot-stopping too and as a human being around the place, he was brilliant.
“He was the pioneer for Burnley players getting into the England squad when we got promoted from the Championship into the Premier League.”
It’s great to see Arfield pay tribute to one of his former teammates in such glowing terms, and funnily enough, Rangers might potentially be on the lookout for a new keeper in the summer.
Admittedly Heaton – having just turned 34 – is not that much younger than Allan McGregor.
However, considering he’s so highly rated by the Canada international and is playing for a struggling team, could the opportunity arise in the summer for Rangers to make a move?
Interestingly, Heaton’s contract length has not been disclosed – if his contract is up this summer or next, surely he couldn’t be that expensive? The Gers should certainly start making enquiries.